'Urgh! A Music War' Week: XTC
And finally, for day five of my look at Never Found musical acts of the 80s featured in the concert film Urgh! A Music War, I bring you XTC. XTC is just about my favorite band ever (second only to The Who). They really did deserve greater success in the States than they were able to achieve. Sure, their song Dear God got some play on MTV and did well on the Modern Rock charts, but they just didn’t catch on with the American public.
This was my first exposure to XTC and I remember being impressed by this song. At the time I first saw this film I had no idea that lead vocalist and principle song-writer Andy Partridge had become so debilitated by stage fright that the band stopped touring in the spring of 1982. However, Andy doesn’t seem frightened as he asks the crowd for some rhythm in this clip from Urgh!
Please enjoy their song Respectable Street from their album Black Sea (1980) and try not to be too distracted by the nearly naked man standing just off stage.
Originally formed in Swindon, England, in 1972 and adopting the name XTC in 1976, the band went from producing quirky, punk-edged pop to a more pastoral sound in the mid '80s. Unhappy with their treatment by their record label (Virgin), the band went on strike in 1992, finally gaining their independence seven years later.
In 1999 and 2000, XTC released their last two studio albums (Apple Venus Vol. One and Wasp Star: Apple Venus Vol. Two) and then the band slowly grinded to a halt in 2005.